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The Rock Ranch Hot Air Balloon rally today

The day everyone has been waiting has finally arrived. The Rock Ranch Hot Air Balloon Rally will launch today and is destined to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s balloon rally is presented by Cronic Chevrolet of Griffin and will feature balloon pilots from throughout the southeast competing for a wide array of exciting prizes. The balloons will first launch around 8:30 a.m., well before the gates open, but guests will be allowed to come into the parking lot and watch the launch. The second launch will take place at approximately 6 p.m. and the picturesque Ferrell Gas ‘balloon glow’ will begin at dark. For a minimal fee, guests will also be able, weather permitting, to take tethered rides in a balloon throughout the day. But, balloons will not be the only flying machines in the air Saturday. The Flying Griffins and their remote control airplanes will take over one of The Rock Ranch’s pastures and perform for guests. This day’s events will not be complete without the annual Moo Cow Bikers/Victory Junction Gang charity motorcycle ride, which originates at Great South Harley Davidson in Newnan and parades through The Rock Ranch gates around noon. There will also be a special 4 p.m. tea for ladies of the Red Hat Society and others. In addition to Saturday’s featured attractions, The Rock Ranch will also have its old favorites, including slide hill, pedal carts, pedal boats, the petting zoo, the train, and more. Admission to The Rock Ranch is $14 per person and $2-off coupons are available at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Military families, with a valid military i.d., are always admitted for half price. Fall Family Fun Days hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and continue each Saturday through Nov. 14. The Rock Ranch is a 1,250-acre cattle ranch owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy. In much the same way as Cathy has made it his personal mission to teach young people and provide them with good, quality role models, The Rock Ranch seeks to use its setting and its amenities as a way to reinforce many of the values and principles that are vital to the development of character in children. The Rock Ranch is located at 5020 Barnesville Highway (Highway 36), The Rock, Ga. For directions, contact The Rock Ranch at 706-647-6374 or visit

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